Safety Information - Human Factors
SI-HF 9 / 19 - Task - "Fatigue from working patterns - Shiftwork and overtime"
Fatigue refers to the issues that arise from excessive working time or poorly designed shift patterns. Fatigue is a perceived state of ‘weariness’ caused by prolonged or intensive exertion. It results in slower reactions, reduced ability to process information, memory lapses, absent-minded slips, ‘losing the picture’, lack of attention etc. Fatigue can lead to errors and accidents, ill-health and injury, and reduced productivity. It is often a root cause of major accidents. This publication is intended for all personnel who are involved in managing shift workers.